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What is the Safe Haven Act?

The State of Iowa has joined 30 other states in creating Safe Havens for infants.

The Safe Haven Act is a law that allows parents - or another person who has the parent's authorization - to leave an infant up to 14 days old at a hospital or health care facility without fear of prosecution for abandonment.

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Who is a Safe Haven?

A Safe Haven is an institutional health facility - such as a hospital or health care facility. According to the law - an "institutional health facility" means:

  •     A "hospital" as defined in Iowa Code section 135B.1, including a facility providing medical or health services that is open twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week and is a hospital emergency room, or
  •     A "health care facility" as defined in Iowa Code section 135C.1 means a residential care facility, a nursing facility, an intermediate care facility for persons with mental illness, or an intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation.
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